Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Grow your own food to beat price hikes

The cost of living is rising dramatically - and one area in which it is particularly noticeable is in the cost of the average grocery bill.

Food costs are on the up and there’s nothing we can do about it. The solution – grow your own! To get you started check out vouchers from netvouchercodes.co.uk.

Here you’ll find a Garden Bargains promotional code gets you fifty percent off membership plus free seeds. Even if you live in an apartment and don’t have a garden, there are plenty of things that can be grown in window boxes or on ledges in any part of the house that gets regular sunlight.

Cultivate a mini herb garden

Herbs are one of the easiest food items to grow and also one of the biggest money savers.

When you buy packs of fresh herbs from the supermarket they always come in bunches far larger than you need. If you grow your own you can snip the correct amount each time and leave the rest of the plant to continue growing.

Herbs can be grown in small pots on a window ledge and take very little care beyond the occasional watering. If you have children get them involved too as they will love to see their seeds blossom into beautiful and tasty plants.

Utilise old jam jars or empty cans as pots to save even more money.

Root vegetables are easy to grow

Most root vegetables are hardy and easy to take care of. If you are limited to indoor space choose radishes and carrots as most other root vegetables require deep soil but these will flourish just as well in pots.

If planting outdoors be sure to cover the beds with netting to prevent hungry pests from nibbling on your crops.

Grow inside – or out!

Mushrooms are by far the easiest crop to grow indoors as they don’t even require sunlight.

You can buy ready to go bags of compost seeded with mushroom spawn – simply water and place in a dark cupboard. A few weeks later you will have tasty fresh mushrooms available for your dinners and it will have cost you virtually nothing.

Go green

Any green leafy vegetables will thrive in a window box or in long shallow pots on a sunny ledge.

Try lettuces, spinach and kale, but be careful not to over-plant as these do not keep for very long once ripe. Most leafy vegetables take around twenty-five days to grow to eating size. If possible get together with friends, each plant different varieties of vegetables at different times and then swap the results regularly.

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